The visitors notched their first points of the 2013 season in impressive fashion as they thrashed the home side thanks to an inspired hat-trick from captain Jozef Kaplan
|FROM PASIR GUDANG STADIUM, MALAYSIA
By Khalis Rifhan
The Young Tigers of Malaysia started strongly, but soon lost their fangs as Geylang International piled on the pressure to thrash them 4-1 at the Pasir Gudang Stadium on Sunday evening.
Eagles captain Jozef Kaplan grabbed a hat-trick while Nurhazwan Norasikin scored a contender for Goal of The Week in the second half as they notched their first points of the season in stunning fashion.
The hosts nearly got off to a dream start with barely 60 seconds on the clock as Akmal Ishak beat Duncan Elias in a lung-bursting run down the right, with Faizat Ghazli failing to connect with the cross.
Star striker Maxsius Musa spotted Takuma Ito off the line and went for an audacious curler in the 20th minute, but the Geylang goalkeeper recovered well to tip the shot over the bar.
The Eagles broke the deadlock three minutes before the end of the half when referee Ahmad A’Qashah pointed to the spot after adjudging Harimau captain Wan Ahmad Amirzafran had brought down Shotaro Ihata in the box, and skipper Kaplan duly converted the penalty.
The game was put beyond the reach of the Young Tigers as the visitors doubled their lead four minutes after the restart, before netting two more towards the end.
Former LionsXII winger Yasir Hanapi left his marker trailing in his wake as he wriggled his way to the byline and crossed for the unmarked Kaplan to coolly head beyond goalkeeper Ilham Amirullah.
The hosts failed to clear their lines ten minutes later from a fluffed freekick by Nurhazwan and the ball fell back to the midfielder, who proceeded to belt a scorcher from 30 yards into the corner with the goalkeeper rooted.
Kaplan then completed his hat-trick six minutes from time as he got on the end of a defence-splitting pass from Wahyudi Wahid and slotted the ball beyond the onrushing Ilham to make it 4-0.
Faizat Ghazil struck a consolation goal in injury time but there was no denying Geylang the win, although the match ended on a sour note for them when Taufiq Ghani was dismissed for lashing at an opponent in the dying seconds.